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Etch-a-Sketch

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Etch-a-Sketch

It would not be such a stretch
To think that every kid
Drew pictures on an Etch-A-Sketch,
Like all my peers once did.

It was a toy that everyone
Possessed in his collection,
For it provided hours of fun
With no need for perfection.

‘Cause if you goofed, with just one shake
The screen went back to blank,
With not a trace of your mistake;
So someone we must thank:

His name was Andre; he was French,
A factory technician.
While using powders and a wrench,
He had an intuition.

He noticed particles that stuck,
By means of static charge,
To decals – what a stroke of luck!
His future was writ large.

It took some years to make the toy
And show it at a fair.
It was a hit and oh, what joy
For children everywhere.

Now Andre Cassagnes is dead
But we owe him our praise,
For Etch-A-Sketch remains a thread
Attached to childhood days.

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  1. Date: 3/4/2013 2:54:00 PM
    I remember how sad and mad my sister was when my other sister sat on hers and broke it. I guess you shouldn't leave those kind of things on chairs. :)

  1. Date: 2/7/2013 7:22:00 AM
    great ending! it's a thread for us, but probably not for many after us - with the technology these days, i think the simple joy of this toy is lost on our children...

  1. Date: 2/7/2013 6:48:00 AM
    another gem ilene, just love this

  1. Date: 2/7/2013 12:17:00 AM
    Everybody raise their hands if they didn't have an Etch- A-Scetch.... Anybody?... Anyone?... I got mine when I had my appendix taken out at the age of 5. My mother asked if I wanted anything while I was in the hospital. That was my requeat. circa 1966.

  1. Date: 2/6/2013 7:01:00 AM
    Congrats Ilene on your big win xxx

  1. Date: 2/5/2013 5:35:00 PM
    Wow...if I had all the hours back I spent on one of these ...well...it was fun